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This week sees one of the biggest and certainly one of the most dramatic golf tournaments taking place at the famous Whistling Straits course on the banks of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Team Europe travel to the U.S. to take on the home team in defence of the Ryder Cup they won at Le Golf National in France back in 2018.

One year delayed, the 2020 Ryder Cup has now become the 2021 tournament and from now on, the tournament will be contested in odd numbered years. The delay has meant that new players have come to the fore and earned places on both teams and the extra wait has certainly whetted the appetite of golf fans in Europe and the United States.

If you are just such a fan and fancy a wager on the outcome of the tournament, then check out what Bet365 Sport has to offer in terms of a wide range of pre-tournament markets available, plus an extensive Live In Play betting section when the action gets underway on Friday.

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To begin with, let’s preview the tournament before we bring you our choice of bets to make on it.

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Ryder Cup Preview

  • History Of The Tournament

The Ryder Cup was the brainchild of English businessman Samuel Ryder, who first came up with the idea of a biennial golf match between the United States and Great Britain. He donated the trophy that now bears his name and the first Ryder Cup was contested in 1927.

In the early years of the tournament, it was very much an even contest with home teams winning most of the events. However after the Second World War, the United States team tended to have much more quality than the British team and so Team USA began to dominate the events.

Not even the addition of Ireland to the GB team in 1971 could halt the American’s dominance of the event and by the mid-70s, interest in the tournament was waning and it needed a fresh approach to make the event much more of an even contest.

That change came in 1979 when the GB and Ireland team was expanded to include the whole of Europe, ostensibly to allow a number of high quality golfers from the continent, such as Manuel Pinero, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer bolster the team.

Even so, it was six years after Team Europe first contested the tournament that the new team achieved its first victory. That came at the Belfry in 1985 and ended a run of 12 American wins, and one tie (which saw the Americans retain the trophy) that stretched back to 1957.

In fact, since 1933, the United States team won 19, drew one and lost just one Ryder Cup until Team Europe’s win in 1985.

Since that first win though, Team Europe has been the more successful of the two teams amassing 11 wins to Team USA’s five, with one drawn contest (which saw Europe retain the trophy as holders).

  • Whistling Straits

The venue for this year’s tournament is Whistling Straits near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The course is not a traditional American course as it is nestled on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, has few trees and is rather exposed, making it play and feel very much like an Irish or Scottish links course.

The long course has a number of tricky holes and a punishing finishing stretch which sees three holes of over 500 yards in the last four, two of which are par four holes, with a long par three of over 220 yards thrown in for good measure.

The course has hosted three US PGA Championship events although an American player has not won any of these three majors.

  • The Teams

Captains Steve Stricker of the United States and Padraig Harrington have finalised their 12-man teams and 5-man vice captains based on rankings and captain’s picks as follows:

Team USA

  • Captain – Steve Stricker
  • Vice Captains – Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III
  • Playing Team Members – Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler

Team Europe

  • Captain – Padraig Harrington (Ire)
  • Vice Captains – Robert Karlsson (Swe), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Luke Donald (Eng), Graeme McDowell (N.Ire), Martin Kaymer (Ger).
  • Playing Team Members – Jon Rahm (Esp), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Tyrell Hatton (Eng), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Rory McIlroy (N.Ire), Viktor Hovland (Nor), Paul Casey (Eng), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng), Shane Lowry (Ire), Sergio Garcia (Esp), Ian Poulter (Eng)

Team Europe are the current holders of the trophy having won by 17.5 points to 10.5 points at Le Golf National in France back in 2018.

The United States team is particularly strong featuring eight golfers in the top ten of the world rankings and all 12 team members are ranked 21st or higher in those rankings. However, the team does not have much Ryder Cup experience with six of the team being rookies in this event.

Team Europe does have much more experience in its team with four players aged over 40, but it only has four players ranked inside the top 20 in the world, however the team does have the current World Number 1 in Jon Rahm.

  • Competition Format

After the opening ceremony on Thursday, during which the teams are introduced and the first pairings for Friday morning’s foursomes are announced, the tournament proceeds as follows:

  • Friday AM – 4 x Foursomes, Friday PM – 4 x Fourballs
  • Saturday AM – 4 x Foursomes, Saturday PM – 4 x Fourballs
  • Sunday – 12 x Individual Matches

As is customary, each team captain selects and announced their foursomes, fourballs and individual team order after the previous session has been completed and neither captain knows which pairings or individuals will be selected or in what order they will be sent out to compete.

Top Ryder Cup Bets

So having seen the make-up of both teams, and given the home advantage that they enjoy, it is hard to look past Team USA being the team to back to win this event (1/2 with bet365 Sport). Stricker’s team is incredibly strong in terms of quality and the vociferous home support should help quell those Rookie nerves, especially on the final day of action in the 12 singles games.

Team Europe are 2/1 to win the event and it is 12/1 for a tie, but in truth, this does look like it is the United States tournament to win, if they can find their form. However, that is something that strong USA teams have failed to do in the past, even on home soil.

I do think this will be a closer tournament than others in recent years and I think backing the USA to win 15.5 points to 12.5 at odds of 9/1 with bet365 is another good value bet.

It should be a hugely exciting weekend of games to enjoy in the Ryder Cup and with plenty of In Play betting to enjoy, you should find all you need to enjoy the tournament with a bet at bet365.